CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fire Standards & Training and EMS Commission presented awards to five individuals and one business at an annual award ceremony held at the N.H. Fire Academy on Nov. 14.
The NHFSTEMS “Academy Awards” are given to those who have made an “outstanding contribution to New Hampshire firefighter training” in the view of the commission.
Prior to the night of the awards, Capt. Steve McKenna of the Salem Fire Rescue was given an Academy Award in recognition of his contributions, dedication and service for the specialty training that he presented and, in many cases, helped develop over 15 years of service to the N.H. Fire Academy.
Those receiving a 2013 Academy Award include Casey McCabe of the NH Professional Fire Fighters for demonstrating leadership and dedication coordinating the implementation of the International Fire Fighters’ Fire Ground Survival Training Course and the development and the presentation of the NH Fire Fighter Cancer Prevention Awareness program.
Portsmouth fire fighter Russ Osgood was recognized for contributing hundreds of hours developing and presenting the Fire Fighter Cancer Prevention Awareness Program. Bedford Deputy Chief Mark Klose was recognized for the work that he has done on behalf of the families who have lost a fire fighter in the line-of-duty.
Homeland Security Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer was recognized for implementing specialized training and arranging for grants to support that training while he served as director of NHFSTEMS.
The Interstate Emergency Unit of Brentwood was recognized for its long time affiliation with the NH Fire Academy and providing firefighter certification courses in Rockingham County, an area of the state that has demonstrated a need and demand for those courses.